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Am Strome, D539

First line:
Ist mir’s doch, als sei mein Leben
composer
March 1817; published in May 1822 as Op 8 No 4
author of text

 
The key is B major, and here we have the water music which prophesies Der Neugierige in Die schöne Müllerin. Schubert must have thought that streams responded well to being addressed in this key, for in both songs he achieves a rare mood of two-way communication between poet and nature. Another similarity is the use of a declamatory and disruptive middle section before the return of the lyrical tune. The pessimism of Mayrhofer's words do not incline Schubert to the minor key; instead he used the 'pathetic' major, beloved of bel canto composers. This gentle, rather Italianate song is not for singers who want to make a splash, but it will suit those who enter into the watery spirit of poem and music, prepared for hidden depths.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 1989

Recordings

Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 4 – Philip Langridge
CDJ33004Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40Download currently discounted
Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition
HYP200Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Details

Track 12 on CDJ33004 [2'25] Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
Track 4 on CDS44201/40 CD18 [2'25] 40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Track 10 on HYP200 [2'25] Super-budget price sampler — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for HYP200 track 10

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-89-00412
Duration
2'25
Recording date
12 September 1988
Recording venue
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 4 – Philip Langridge (CDJ33004)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: December 1989
    Deletion date: June 2009
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44201/40
  2. Schubert: The Complete Songs (CDS44201/40)
    Disc 18 Track 4
    Release date: October 2005
    40CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
  3. Schubert: An introduction to The Hyperion Schubert Edition (HYP200)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: January 1997
    Deletion date: December 2009
    Super-budget price sampler — Deleted
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